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Sapphire Lutheran Homes to host summer concert series

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John Floridis

John Floridis.

If you’re looking for something fun and free to do on Friday nights, Sapphire Lutheran Homes in Hamilton has just the ticket.

For the third year in a row, Sapphire is offering a summer concert series on its spacious grounds at 501 N. 10th St.

On Friday, June 26, the Emmy award-winning guitarist John Floridis will perform his mix of bluesy, folk-rock vocals paired with adventurous, solo acoustic guitar compositions starting at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, July 2, the local band Tincup will take the stage to perform timeless gospel and bluegrass pieces, as well as folk tunes from the 1960s and country songs from the 1970s. A free fireworks display will follow as soon as the sky darkens.

The Big Sky Mudflaps, “Bitterroot’s Best Band” for 2015, is up next on Friday, July 24. The performance will include their nationally acclaimed unique blend of jazz, swing and rhythm and blues, mixed with a healthy dose of Latin percussion.

A favorite local musician, Jenn Adams, will perform Friday, August 7 on the same that Sapphire celebrates its 25th anniversary. Adams’ music twists the corners of folk, blues and jazz.

All of the concerts are free and open to the public.

The venue features both a vast lawn with plenty of shade and pavement for guests in wheelchairs or walkers. The concerts are all family friendly.

Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Parking is available on the street, with golf cart shuttles ready to assist anyone in need.

For those wanting to make a night of it, there’s a barbecue starting at 6 p.m. for $5.

The proceeds from the barbecue and raffles will be used to purchase a bus for Sapphire to transport their residents.

Sponsors for the concert series include: Done Right Foundations, Massa Home Center, Empire Landscaping, Foxwood Boutique, Riverfront Mental Health Center, Bitterroot Laundry and Cleaners, Bruco Inc., Turner Remodeling, Super One Foods, Bitterroot Drug, Sweet Pea Sewer & Septic, Ravalli Republic and KLYQ.

For more information on the concert series, call 363-2800.

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